CFL: Argos Make Case They Are Contenders in Rematch Against Alouettes

TJ ZwarychSenior Writer IAugust 15, 2010

At this point in the CFL season, we all expected that the Argonauts would be behind all other Eastern division teams in the standings with a record of maybe 2-5 or 3-4 at best. Well ladies and gentleman, we were wrong, all of us.

The Toronto Argonauts currently sit in a tie for first place in the Eastern division with the Montreal Alouettes. They are 5-2 with losses only to the Alouettes and the Calgary Stampeders who are currently in first place or a tie for first in their respective divisions. They have came back and won the next game they played against both of the teams who they lost to previously.

The Argos are coming off a 37-22 win off of the Alouettes. Quarterback Cleo Lemon had his best game of the season doing a great job of managing the game instead of forcing ill-advised passes. Lemon went 13-19 for 269 yards and 3 touchdowns. CFL rushing leader Cory Boyd had an average game based on what we expect to see from him with 16 carries for 60 yards, one touchdown and one fumble. This puts him on top of the CFL rushing yards list with 708 yards. Boyd is currently 113 yards over second place Arkee Whitlock of the Edmonton Eskimos and also has 4 touchdowns (He was 113 yards ahead before the week seven game verse Calgary, Whitlock's and Reynolds' yards from this game have not been included in this article as it has yet to have been played). He is definitely the main reason for the Argos' success so far this season.

The defense for the Argos also had a good game against the Als. Sure Anthony Calvillo threw the ball 49 times for 37 completions, 450 yards and three touchdowns, but they also intercepted him once and held the high powered Alouettes offense to only 22 points. Another feat was keeping Alouette running back Avon Cobourne to only 26 rushing yards on 11 carries, four receptions for 20 receiving yards and no touchdowns. Cobourne is a great dual threat running back and holding him to such few yards speaks volumes about their defense.

The Argonauts next two games are huge as they have one more meeting against the Alouettes as well as the underacheiving but still dangerous Hamilton Tiger Cats. If the Argos can go 2-0 they will solidify themselves as the top team in the East as well as creating space in front of both the Als and Tiger Cats.

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